More Than Four Inches of Rain Wednesday in Downtown Toccoa

Turner Rd.  (Courtesy: Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley)

Turner Rd. (Courtesy: Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley)

Stephens County is drying out after a prolonged period of heavy rain in Stephens County Wednesday.

Downtown Toccoa received more than four inches of rain between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesday, with much of that coming between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

That heavy rain in the county caused numerous areas of high water and road flooding, reportedly closing some roads for a time until the water receded.

Areas of very high water reported Wednesday included Highway 17 in Eastanollee, especially around Ogg’s Branch, Currahee  Street in Toccoa, and Falls Road in Toccoa near the hospital, among others.

Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said that rescue crews had to rescue people from one home that was surrounded by high water on Turner  Road during the late morning and noon hours Wednesday.  He says everyone got out of the home safely.

Wednesday’s four plus inches of rain comes after more than an inch Tuesday into Wednesday morning.

Overall for the year, downtown Toccoa has seen more than 59 inches of rain.

This year is already the wettest year in downtown Toccoa since 2009.